Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation,
Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

No 333: My Urban Idol 2050 – The City of Gothenburg

Charlie Karlsson ()
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Charlie Karlsson: Jönköping International Business School, Blekinge Institute of Technology & CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Postal: Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: I have been asked to write a paper over “my urban idol 2050” to be the foundation for a presentation at a session at the ERSA congress in Bratislava in August 2012. No special instructions were given, so I have chosen to write a kind of scenario for the possible future development in the region where I live – the Gothenburg region. I have not used a traditional scenario technique with several different scenarios. Instead I present one scenario, which I have developed based upon some of the information I have about the region, ideas found in the literature in the field and ideas developed by the SWECO team during the RiverCity workshop in June 2011. Certainly none of us know what the future will bring but I hope that at least my attempt will stimulate some thinking and some discussions about urban development both in general and in Gothenburg.

Keywords: Urban development; scenario; urban region; urban planning; new tradeable sectors; key occupations; investments; built environment; city branding; climate change; creativity

JEL-codes: H40; H70; I30; J20; O18; R11; R58

25 pages, November 28, 2013

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